Friday, August 21, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish – The National Weather Service has named the first hurricane for the 2015 season. Although Hurricane Danny does not currently pose a threat to Louisiana or the gulf coast at this time, residents are strongly encouraged to review hurricane preparedness plans, prepare emergency supply kits and closely monitor local weather stations for changes in forecast.
Preparations include finalizing family/business plans, checking for survival supplies, replacing old batteries, and determining the best evacuation route. Items such as battery-powered flashlights, extra batteries, medications, water, non-perishable foods, hand-operated can openers, utility knives, first aid supplies, radios, waterproof bags for important documents, and baby supplies should be readily accessible.
The St. John Parish Emergency Operations and Communications staff continue to monitor tropical activity and are in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for updates. In addition, Parish departments are reviewing emergency response procedures, gathering emergency resources and preparing roads, drainage and infrastructure for a possible tropical weather event.
Due to the recent fire incident at East St. John Elementary, Emergency Responders have made changes to the Point-to-Point evacuation plans. Should a mandatory evacuation be issued, the new evaucation registration site will be Emily C. Watkins Elementary School located at 938 Highway 628 in LaPlace. Persons without transportation can be picked up at St. John the Baptist Church in Edgard or St. Peter Church in Reserve to be transported to Emily C. Watkins Elementary School for registration and evacuation transportation. Residents can also be dropped off at Emily C. Watkins School for registration and evacuation.
Please stay tuned to local news stations, sjbparish.com, SJTV (15/99) and the St. John Facebook/Twitter pages for updates. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website and clicking on “Stay Connected.”
For a list of additonal hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information, please reference the St. John Parish Hurricane Brochure mailed to each Parish household in July or visit the www.getagameplan.org website. Updates will be released as the situation warrants.